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Battery is the use of force against another person. Under Wisconsin law, battery is defined as causing bodily injury to another by any act with intent to cause bodily harm to that person or another without the victim's consent.

Battery charges range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class H felony.

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Battery - Substantial Battery - Aggravated Battery

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Attorney Tracey Wood, Wisconsin Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Battery Laws in Wisconsin

Under Wisconsin laws, battery is defined as the use of force against another person with intent to cause bodily injury and without permission.

Wisconsin law (WI Statute 940), the crime of battery

WI Statute 940.19 Battery, substantial battery, aggravated battery

WI Statute 940.195 Battery to an unborn child; substantial battery to an unborn child; aggravated battery to an unborn child

WI Statute 940.201 Battery or threat to witnesses

WI Statute 940.203 Battery or threat to judge

WI Statute 940.205 Battery or threat to department of revenue employee

WI Statute 940.207 Battery or threat to department of commerce or department of workforce development employee

Battery Bodily Harm

Under Wisconsin law, anyone who causes bodily harm to another adult, unborn child, or mother of an unborn child through an act that is done with an intent to cause bodily harm without the consent of the person harmed may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

Battery - Substantial Bodily Harm

Anyone who causes substantial bodily harm to another person (adult, child, or mother of an unborn child) by an act done with intent to cause bodily harm to that person or to another person can be charged with a Class I felony.

Battery - Great Bodily Harm

Anyone who causes great bodily harm to another person (including an adult, child, unborn child, or mother of an unborn child) by an act done with intent to cause bodily harm to that person or to another person is guilty of a Class H felony. If the intent was to cause great bodily harm, then the charge is a Class E felony. If the person intentionally causes bodily harm to another by conduct that creates a substantial risk of great bodily harm can be charged with a Class H felony.

Great Bodily Harm Defined

Wisconsin law defines great bodily harm as bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death, serious permanent disfigurement, or a permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ, or other serious bodily injury.

Assault and Battery

While the terminology, "assault and battery" is often used to define the crime of battery, Wisconsin law does not use that particular terminology. Rather, battery is defined as above. If the incident involves people who have a domestic relationship, then a particular area of the law may apply [see domestic violence or disorderly conduct - domestic].

Contact Van Wagner & Wood

If you are under investigation for a battery, if you have been charged with battery, or if you have been convicted of battery and believe your conviction was wrong or sentence was harsh, please call (Toll Free, Wisconsin or local in Madison, WI ) or email the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood right away. [Free Case Evaluation]

Van Wagner & Wood's Law Offices

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Van Wagner & Wood's office is in close proximity to the US District Court, Wisconsin Supreme Court, District IV, 5th Circuit Court, Madison Municipal Court, and in the same building as the US Court of Appeals.

Wisconsin Criminal Defense Lawyers

The criminal defense lawyers at Van Wagner & Wood are Christopher (Chris) Van Wagner and Tracey Wood. Van Wagner & Wood's criminal defense lawyers represent people accused of ordinance violations, drunk driving (OWI), misdemeanor OWI, felony drunk driving, traffic violations and serious crimes including Homicide, Intentional Homicide, Manslaughter, Murder, Negligent Homicide, Reckless Homicide, Vehicular Homicide, Kidnapping, Post Conviction Challenges To Convictions & Sentences, Criminal Appeal, Parole, Probation, Property Crimes, Sexual Assault, Possession, Manufacturing, Intent to Sell or Distribute Controlled Substances (Drugs), federal crimes, white collar crimes including fraud and embezzlement, theft, domestic abuse, disorderly conduct, and fire arm crimes such as reckless endangerment and possession of a dangerous weapon by a felon.

Criminal Investigations

Van Wagner & Wood's criminal defense lawyers help people who anticipate being charged, those charged, and those convicted of a criminal offense in state court or federal court anywhere in Wisconsin, and most often in Adams, Almond, Amherst, Amherst Junction, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Langlade, Lincoln, Marquette, Milwaukee, Monroe, Oneida, Portage, Racine, Richland, Vernon, Walworth, and Wood counties.

Wisconsin Circuit Courts

The criminal defense lawyers from Van Wagner & Wood frequently appear in the courts located in and represent residents of Antigo, Arlington, Argyle, Bangor, Baraboo, Beloit, Beaver Dam, Belleville, Bell Center, Belmont, Benton, Berlin, Black Earth, Boaz, Beloit, Big Bend, Brice Prairie, Brookfield, Brodhead, Burlington, Butler, Cambria, Cambridge, Clinton, Columbus, Como, Cottage Grove, De Soto, Delafield, Delevan, Delevan Lake, Dodgeville, Doylestown, Eagle, East Troy, Eau Claire, Edgerton, Elroy, Endeavor, Elkhorn, Elm Grove, Evansville, Fall River, Fort Atkinson, Friendship, Friesland, Ft Atkinson, Geona City, Green Lake, Hebron, Hillsboro, Hollandale, Janesville, Jefferson, Juneau, La Crosse, La Farge, Ladysmith, Lake Delton, La Valle, Lake Geneva, Lake Wisconsin, Lannon, Linden, Lodi, Loganville, Lone Rock, Madison, Marshall, Marshfield, Mauston, McFarland, Menomonee Falls, Merrill, Merrimac, Middleton, Milladore, Mineral Point, Montello, Monona, Monroe, Montello, Monticello, Mukwonago, Necedah, Nelsonville, New Lisbon, Niagara, Oconomowoc, Onalaska, Oregon, Pardeeville, Park Ridge, Pell Lake, Peshtigo, Plover, Portage, Potter Lake, Poynette, Prairie du Chien, Prairie du Sac, Randolph, Readstown, Reedsburg, Rhinelander, Richland Center, Rio, Rosholt, Sauk City, Shell Lake, Sparta, Spooner, Spring Green, Stevens Point, Stoddard, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Sussex, Tomah, Tomahawk, Union Center, Viola, Viroqua, Wales, Walworth, Watertown, Waukesha, Waunakee, Waupun, Warrens, Wausaukee, Wauzeka, West Baraboo, West Salem, West Field, Westby, Whitewater, Whiting, Williams Bay, Wilton, Windsor, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin Rapids, Wonewoc, Wyeville, Wyocena, and Yuba.

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